20th Century Palestine

A New Biography of Mahmoud Abbas

July 30, 2017

Read my review of a new profile by of Mahmoud Abbas by Grant Rumley and Amir Tibon in the Washington Independent Review of Books. Abbas succeeded Yasser Arafat and since 2005 has been president of the Palestinian National Authority. This review of Abbas' life succeeds at being brisk and objective, but steers clear of some…

Trump Theologian The Humanist Noah Kennedy
Politics & Religion

Donald Trump, Theologian

February 24, 2016

Last week James Carroll wrote a sensitive piece in the New Yorker (“The Radical Meaning of Pope Francis’s Visit to Juarez”) about the testy exchange between Pope Francis and Donald Trump regarding immigration. Midway through the brief article and on his way to making the point that the pope held the ethical high ground in the…

Charlie Hebdo Fields of Blood
Politics & Religion

Reading Fields of Blood while watching Charlie Hebdo

January 8, 2015

I know the sorrow I feel for those murdered in Paris - the creative artists, their colleagues and those killed trying to protect them - is shared by a massive international host who revere the norms of civil society and are shocked by the barbarity of the assailants. The attacks were nothing if not an…